Star Samuels expected to return from injury scare
Feb20

Star Samuels expected to return from injury scare

Shadeen Samuels’ meteoric rise of a junior season looked cut-short when she crash-landed on the Walsh Gymnasium court last Friday night – but not so fast. The two-time Big East Player of the Week and Big East Player of the Year candidate – leading the conference in points per game (18.5) – may be available when the Pirates visit Georgetown and Villanova in their penultimate weekend of the regular season. Samuels had 19 points in only...

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Inja Butina: A Croatian Dynamo
Feb14

Inja Butina: A Croatian Dynamo

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Inja Butina is one-of-a-kind, cut from a chequy cloth. She does not strut around or stand out in those monotonous moments between her last and next time on the basketball court. Instead, she seems restless, as if the seconds tick away in her head with a faint echo. Tick, tick, tick. When her sneakers touch the wooden floor, however, Butina becomes Zen; a compelling spectacle of skill and unending desire to...

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Inspired Powell and defense push Pirates to crucial result
Feb10

Inspired Powell and defense push Pirates to crucial result

NEWARK – The Seton Hall men’s basketball team won a seesaw contest inside a stirring Prudential Center on Saturday night, 63-58. Two teams that will meet again on Feb. 17 in Omaha played a game of low-percentage shooting, not the modus operandi for a Creighton side that entered tonight with two players – Marcus Zegarowski and Mitch Ballock – who possessed better than 45 percent three-point field goal percentages. Zegarowski, however,...

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With Big East at boiling point, time is now for Women’s Basketball
Feb07

With Big East at boiling point, time is now for Women’s Basketball

Logic was tossed aside last weekend in the Big East – disregarded and downright teased. When the Seton Hall women’s basketball team fell to last place Xavier at home, many expected a focused effort on Sunday, but few imagined a straightforward, 21-point win over second place Butler.  Surely Butler did not, although warning signs were there after a mere 73-68 win on Friday against ninth-place St. John’s in Queens.  Xavier,...

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Now apart, Philoxy sisters still believe in future together on the court
Jan31

Now apart, Philoxy sisters still believe in future together on the court

The tension is so thick on the dark bus ride from Hinkle Fieldhouse to the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis on Jan. 4, it could be cut with a knife. The next morning brings a similar air of discontent for the two-hour drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati, in which the Seton Hall women’s basketball team travels past miles of farmland: dew still lining the ground, livestock grazing, and yet there is still a common thread, a staple with...

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Imitation leads to landmark  upset for Seton Hall
Jan24

Imitation leads to landmark upset for Seton Hall

The Marquette Golden Eagles – now an AP top-10 team in women’s college basketball – may possess the most loaded roster the Big East has seen since its 2013 reconfiguration. The Pirates went face-to-face with the Golden Eagles on Friday and lost by 36 points. However, when Tony Bozzella’s staff and players boarded for Newark on Sunday, the mood had been transformed from sorrowful to celebratory, thanks to a 84-73 win against then-No....

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Bozzella and the Pirates can see themselves in Marquette, and vice versa
Jan14

Bozzella and the Pirates can see themselves in Marquette, and vice versa

The Pirates’ recent Midwest road-trip was akin to Sisyphus rolling his large boulder up an insurmountable hill. Tony Bozzella’s team trailed for almost 84 of the 85 minutes of game-time but took last-minute leads in both games. It did not matter. Seton Hall lost each by one possession, the latter of which was a one-point overtime defeat. “You know, we were really down and depressed,” Bozzella admitted on Sunday. “We lost two games at...

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McKnight and Pirates face unenviable challenge in Markus Howard
Jan12

McKnight and Pirates face unenviable challenge in Markus Howard

Quincy McKnight was one step ahead of the play. The Pirates’ Swiss Army knife of a guard knew where the pass was going before it left Joey Brunk’s hands. The Butler center made few mistakes on Wednesday night in a 20-point, 10-rebound performance, but he was read like a book in this crucial second half-opening sequence.  McKnight then switched from defensive stopper to offensive finisher, dribbling down the court and dunking...

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Powell and Pirates win pulsating classic at The Garden
Dec08

Powell and Pirates win pulsating classic at The Garden

NEW YORK – On Saturday afternoon, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard added the greatest regular season chapter to his Madison Square Garden history book. After 45 minutes filled with adrenaline, superlatives and almost insurmountable adversity, the Seton Hall men’s basketball team overcame Kentucky, 84-83. The scene was primed for a classic, with a blue ocean of 10,244 inside the Mecca of basketball. The game started with a lack of...

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Nicole Jimenez achieves basketball nirvana at Seton Hall
Dec06

Nicole Jimenez achieves basketball nirvana at Seton Hall

Once in a while, a player is overlooked in recruitment – by everyone. It is an old adage that intangibles: heart, composure and perseverance, cannot be measured, but it was crystal clear on Sunday in Walsh Gymnasium what so many Division I scouts missed in Seton Hall guard Nicole Jimenez. As the senior from Miami, Fla. rained a program-record nine three-pointers on Saint Peter’s, coaches from her past took to social media and shared...

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Inexperienced Pirates are taught costly lesson in Louisville loss
Dec01

Inexperienced Pirates are taught costly lesson in Louisville loss

NEWARK, N.J. – With a résumé-building win ripe for the taking, a maturing Seton Hall men’s basketball team was forced to settle for a valuable lesson in execution, as Louisville stole Saturday’s non-conference fixture, 70-65. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard had joked during Big East Media Day that Chris Mack, now leading Louisville but prior to this season head coach at Big East foe Xavier, “could not get out of Newark.” On...

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December paramount to success for Women’s Basketball
Nov28

December paramount to success for Women’s Basketball

While it poured outside Walsh Gymnasium, the Seton Hall women’s basketball team dripped with swagger inside, galloping down the court with the ball at a quick dribble, terrorizing the River Hawks of UMass Lowell to the tune of a 90-57 romp. The orchestration seemed so well-tuned, as the Pirates dished out 21 assists as a team, shot 54.2 percent from the field and 44 percent from three. But, while the Pirates now sit 6-1 with...

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